Qingdao - It's not normally like this !!

Blasting on the Olympic course
Michele Marchesini
Despite long-held predictions of almost guaranteed light winds at the Olympic regatta, the waters off Qingdao have another face with 22-25 knots over the last few days.

After a prolonged period of fog and very light winds, these photos show a completely different side to the Olympic venue, with the 2004 Finn silver medalist Rafael Trujillo of Spain training this week in winds of 22-25 knots.

His coach, Michele Marchesini, who competed against Trujillo in the 2004 Olympics writes from Qingdao,

'In the last two days the wind has broken through in Qingdao. Yesterday we experienced 20 knot winds, today it was up to 22-25. In the fresh winds, some nice waves quickly build up, especially when the wind is blowing against the tidal flow.'

He also reports that the 'green carpet' is returning to cause further problems. 'For two days, the difficult conditions have forced the Chinese navy, fishermen and volunteers picking the algae out of the water to remain onshore. The green problem is now back.'

The increased wind also produced some new sailing problems. 'When planing down waves and the bow dives through a weed patch, boatspeed decreases even quicker than usual with all this green stuff flying out of the way. It is
also quite interesting to see how, as everybody lost quite few kilos for racing here with the expected light winds, differences in speed in the breeze are bigger.'

Qingdao, CHN was expected to be a light airs venue for the 2008 Olympic Games
Michele Marchesini

Fresh winds have come into Qingdao, CHN in the build up to the 2008 Olympic Games
Michele Marchesini

Hitting a weed patch in Qingdao, CHN working up towards the 2008 Olympic Games
Michele Marchesini